Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Change is Good by Jeff Haynes

Lots of people change majors in college.

But rarely is the change of the magnitude lived by Somerville artist Scott Cahaly. When he started out as a biology major, Scott was in a dark place. Caught in the grip of depression, he managed to find some relief from an unexpected source: an art course taken to satisfy curriculum requirements.

What started as a form of therapy evolved into an entirely new direction for Scott. He described the experience as “opening a valve” that taps straight into his creativity. And now “it’s my job to let it well up from inside,” he said.

The change was so profound that metamorphosis remains a common theme in his work. One of his favorite quotes is, “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly,” by Richard Bach.

By the time he left the University of Vermont, he had already had his first one-man show. Some of those pieces decorate the halls outside the studio where he has been for the past several years. The colors in his paintings are bold and vibrant, with a style that emulates stained glass windows or a form of mosaic. As both a sculptor and a painter, Scott said he conceptualizes all of his projects as three dimensional. As a result, the subjects in his paintings -- however abstract -- have crisp and well defined edges.

Scott draws inspiration from historical greats, such as Pablo Picasso and Michelangelo, as well as whatever is going on in his own life, he said. That includes everything from travels to relationships to adventures on his brand new bike.

And he is not one to meticulously map out every inch of the canvas before he begins.

“Each piece has its own spirit and destination,” Scott said. “It always just takes me. I never know what I’m getting into.”

Preparing himself for work typically means first allowing for a period of quiet meditation. That helps Scott avoid “over thinking” the work, so he can “go with how it feels” instead, he said.

“It’s a process of getting out of the way,” Scott said. “It’s so easy to get away from a creative path.”


Scott was only 9 years old, and had been watching his older brother make paper airplanes. He learned a particularly successful design, and proceeded to make over a dozen of them.

“It was the first time I could feel my hands going to work,” he said. Scott took the finished planes to school to share with his friends -- a move that provided nearly instant and positive feedback on his work.


During his high school years, Scott had a sketch pad he used to illustrate comic book characters. The fun of the experience led him to consider taking a class to explore art further.

One of his friends, however, squashed that idea. After Scott showed his drawings to the friend, the friend replied, “Those aren’t good. You won’t be happy in art class.”

-story and photo by Jeff Haynes http://web.mac.com/jeffhaynes

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Prayer for Gold.

I am calm and centered. I gather my energy within me, and it fills me with a golden glow. I open my connection to my higher self and feel the deep intention that lies there. I bring that intention down and into me, so that I am filled with who I am..

I feel my own power burning within me, calm and true, resolved and purposeful. I am strong and capable and can accomplish whatever I choose to do. I am relaxed and deeply aware and open to the wonderful new information and opportunities that flow to me minute by minute. I am power. I am peace. I am a deep connection to all that is... I am! -Lightworkers

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Open Studios, May 3-4

Happy Spring.

The wheel has turned and light has returned. Please come visit our vast artistic community here in Slumerville USA and enjoy the diversity of artwork by hundreds of creative people.
I am still in the Mad Oyster building at 2 Bradley st. #16 on maps
Along with my stone work, paintings, plants, fish etc. I will be playing my didgeridoo intermittently throughout the weekend.
*This event is kid friendly, animal friendly and collector friendly.
-peace, ScOtT

Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4, noon-6pm each day,
Mad Oyster Building
2 Bradley st.
Somerville MA 02145

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy New Year

Hello and happy new year. Things seem to moving well here in the world of the art! 2007 ended on a strong point with the birth of a new sculpture called "Birds of a Feather" see sculpture page. I'm really glad I decided to drive to NYC for Halloween for alot of reasons but specifically cause I purchased several pieces of beautiful stone from the stone dealer there! I had a great year of painting but like most years I was missing my three dimensional side and as of November I believe, I put down my brushes for the near future and picked up my chisels. Work has been leaving my studio at an alarming rate lately and it seems really strange to have open wall space. I think a side of me wants to keep all the work I produce. I'm starting to see how deeply I am into my own world, its been over ten years now of serious art making and I feel it just keeps getting more serious! 07 closed out with a handful of decent group shows, including several in NYC, 08 is starting with an excellent group show called "Surrealism: Echos of Past and Present"
January 4 - February 29, 2008 @ Diamond/Newman fine art in the South End http://www.diamond-newman.com/current_show.html. The show went up, this past first week of the New Year and it looks great. I feel my recent paintings being exhibited there energize the space, there are four other artists showing as well. There are two planned openings as the show is up for two month. I like this because I feel that a typical month show isn't always enough time. Last night at the first opening many people were looking in a trance at the works, specifically "the heart of cosmic yoga" and "American Breakfast, Global Warming Style" ITS SO NICE TO SEE WORK UP IN A GOOD VENUE AFTER SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS, MONTHS AND YEARS ALONE PRODUCING IT! I am happy I'm feeling inspired as always and have a new huge stone to carve, who knows what it will be, I'll let you know...................